Architect, Teaching Fellow,
University of Bristol & University of Bath
Rob Gregory is an award-winning architect, editor, curator and design advocate, based in South West of England. Recent successes include achieving unanimous support for the new Reimagining Wordsworth Museum for the Wordsworth Trust in the UNESCO World Heritage Lake District hamlet of Town End, and the initiation and coordination of Purcell’s recent successful collaboration with Jamie Fobert to secure the commission to lead the National Portrait Gallery’s £35.5m redevelopment project, Inspiring People. As a graduate of the University of Bath, Rob qualified as an architect while working on key Millennium Projects by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Hopkins Architects and Allies and Morrison. Taking a ten year detour from conventional practise, Rob joined the Architectural Review in 2003. As Senior Editor, he was part of a small and respected editorial team, taking responsibility for a number of celebrated special editions reporting from Japan, India and Australia, and initiating publications that preceded the magazine’s international awards programme AR House. During this period Rob maintained a permanent post at the University of Bath as studio tutor and coordinator of its Contemporary History Theory and Criticism course. Prior to returning to practice in 2016, Rob worked as a consultant architect on a number of winning international design competition, including Levitate's entry for Birnbeck Island in 2008, and Purcell's 2015 designs for St Mary Redcliffe Church in Bristol. He now works across Purcell’s network of international studios, leading its internal design advocacy programme. As a curator, Rob ran the Architecture Centre's public programme for five years between 2011 and 2016, worked as a consultant on the Royal Academy and British Council's architecture programmes, and as writer has worked on a number of internationally published books and written extensively in national and international newspapers and journals. As design advocate, Rob has been invited to share his wide ranging experience on a number of expert panels, including the South West Design Review Panel, the Bristol Urban Design Forum, and the Royal Institute of British Architects' National Awards Group. He has been on numerous selection panels, for the Architecture Foundation, the British Council’s British Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, and for Nieto Sobejano’s 2016 work at Bristol Royal Infirmary.